Conflicting Codes and Codings: How Algorithmic Trading Is Reshaping Financial Regulation
AbstractContemporary financial markets have recently witnessed a sea change with the ‘algorithmic revolution’, as trading automats are used to ease the execution sequences and reduce market impact. Being constantly monitored, they take an active part in the shaping of markets, and sometimes generate crises when ‘they mess up’ or when they entail situations where traders cannot go backwards. Algorithms are software codes coding practices in an IT significant ‘textual’ device, designed to replicate trading patterns. To be accepted, however, they need to comply with regulatory texts, which are nothing else but codes of conduct coding accepted practices in the markets. In this article, I draw on ethnographic fieldwork in order to open these black boxes, while trying to describe their existence as devices encapsulating several points of views. I address the question of a possible misalignment between those visions, and more specifically try to draw the consequences raised by such discrepancies as regards the future of financial regulation.
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Date of creation: 2011
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Publication status: Published in Theory, Culture and Society, 2011, Vol. 28, no. 6. pp. 44-66.Length: 22 pages
Financial markets; algorithmic trading; codes of conduct; codings; practices; regulation;
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